Guardians of the Galaxy

Hello, my darling readers!
A warm welcome to another addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With Guardians of the Galaxy, we don’t just get one new superhero, we get an entire crew. And space travel.

The Plot:

When smallscale gangster Peter Quill steals a mysterious orb, he gets himself in more trouble than he’s ever bargained for. Soon he is the one everybody is on the hunt for…

The Rating:

Where do I begin with this one?
It’s definitely one of my favorite MCU films.

First of all the soundtrack. If you pay attention you can distinguish most Marvel superheroes by their soundtrack alone. For example, with Tony Stark, you’d think of ACDC or Black Sabbath.
Guardians of the Galaxy comes with a dashing playlist of late 60s and 70s pop, soul and just a sprinkle of rock. What stuck with me most, though, are tunes like Oh Child by The Five Stairsteps or I Want You Back by The Jackson 5 that perfectly convey the vibe of this film.

As I’ve said before, with Guardians of the Galaxy we get a whole volley of new additions to the MCU. Peter Quill, whom actor Chris Pratt described as a mix of Han Solo and Marty McFly (totally on point, by the way) is dorky and quirky, he has a great taste in music and although he can be annoying sometimes, he’s a nice addition to the cast. He’s more of a normal guy who stumbles into weird situations. So instead of a full-blown superhero, he’s just a man but he can still hold his own.
Then we have Drax. At first, I wasn’t too fond of him, but he really did grow on me! There are a raccoon-based bounty hunter and the world’s best side-kick Groot.

And of course, we have two awesome and bad-ass ladies (who come with their share of emotional trauma and baggage as is customary for the MCU). It took me a moment to fall in love with Nebula and Gomaro but I love their no-nonsense attitudes and that they can take down just about anybody.

Before I forget it: the optics are, naturally, also stunning. The movie takes place in space so the CGI team got to create so many amazing things!

What also needs to be mentioned is the funny side of this film. While almost all MCU movies have some humorous moments, this one is among the top when it comes to making me laugh.

To be perfectly honest, the story isn’t all that memorable, but all the other aspects make up for that! Not that it was bad or anything but I can’t recall too much of what happened in this film after a few weeks have passed.

Guardians of the Galaxy is one of the funniest MCU films. For me, it definitely ranks among my favorites. The soundtrack, the characters, the looks – it’s all there!

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8 thoughts on “Guardians of the Galaxy

  1. Man, this film was a total surprise from start to finish. I didn’t know what to expect and I ended up enjoying it so much that I think it’s in my top 5 MCU films. Plus, the soundtrack. This is the kind of music that my parents enjoyed and how it was put into good use. There should be a consideration of soundtracks of artists relating to the MCU. There was a AC/DC compilation to promote Iron Man 2. I think there should be more of that. I know there’s been a bunch of Led Zeppelin best-of or compilations but I wouldn’t mind seeing a compilation targeted towards a comic book audience and a young audience to promote both Led Zeppelin and Thor as long as the band members and people from Marvel and Chris Hemsworth are involved in the compilation. The same should happen to Spider-Man and the Ramones.

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    • I’d love for that to happen!
      One of my favorite MCU things is that every hero has this very distinct soundtrack. You hear a song and immediately know which hero it goes with. I was particularly excited about the Ramones in Spider-Man. Their songs have exactly the same energy as Tom Holland.

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      • Exactly. One of my complaints about other Spider-Man films prior to Homecoming was that Spider-Man never had a good music soundtrack. Once I heard “Blitzkrieg Bop”, I was like FINALLY! SOMETHING GOOD FOR A CHANGE! as I pumped my fists in the air during the Hey-Ho section and just let go. I should also note that the Ramones have done a great cover of the “Spider-Man” theme song. Just put the Ramones in a Spider-Man movie and problem solved.

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  2. Guardians of the Galaxy looks amazing and has a great sense of humour. It never takes itself too seriously and the banter between the characters is excellent. That said, bits of it are really under-developed and I found myself asking lots of questions, like why is Groot so devoted to Rocket when Rocket is kind of mean to him a lot of the time? And why did Thanos do loads of experiments on Gamora and her sister Nebula (Karen Gillan)? What was Ronan actually so angry about? There are surface explanations for these questions but I wanted to know more. It felt like John C Reilly playing a Xandarian policeman was underused as was Benicio Del Toro. I also thought they could have made a lot more out of the fact that Drax’s people are completely literal because when they used it it was so funny.

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    • Oh yes, so many questions yet to be answered. I had hoped that the second film would provide some more information on those aspects but it didn’t help much either. I would certainly love some more insight on the characters’ backstories. Drax, however, gets many funny moments in film #2!

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